|Written by Derek Felska|
|Wednesday, 04 August 2010 22:50|
|“A man will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone” this quote by famous poet Robert Frost talks about how some people are driven by what they wish to be true. We all know the type; the glass half full people who are doing their best to always approach life by looking at the “bright side.” Optimistic, wishful are all euphemisms of these people who spend their lives hoping the best happens to them. They may be working for that great moment to take place while others simply believe they’ll “get lucky” someday. Can you think of anyone who waits for the Powerball or some other lottery game to get a pretty sizeable prize and then plays their “lucky numbers” with the hope of striking it rich? Do you have lucky numbers of your own? I know I do; 7, 17, 27, 37 and 77. See a pattern? Yet I don’t play the lottery at all, no matter how big the jackpot gets. However, wishful thinking can be dangerous; as anyone who knows or has an addicted gambler in their family can tell you. Their optimistic search for the ‘big score’ often leaves their families with huge debts, savings accounts gone and in serious trouble. Now it may seem as though I’m picking on those who are wishful, optimistic people who really believe thinking positively will bring about positive actions in their lives but the main point I’m making is that all too often those hopes do not come true but that is not always the case.
In a book I read for a graduate class called Man’s Search for Meaning by Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl he wrote about his vision to somehow survive one of the worst human tragedies in recent memory made a difference in the outcome. He said in his book, “Everything can be taken from a man but …the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” While I am not sure you could call it positive thinking, he chose an attitude of survival and did whatever he could to do so. It really says alot about dealing with adversity, even something as total and monumental as the holocaust and yet still being able to create a mindset to overcome those odds no matter how bleak his situation must have appeared. His book and his thoughts on his experiences certainly attest to how profound that can be, and he also notes that many of those who did not survive were people who literally felt their life was over and simply waited for the end. Even people as Frankl so candidly described as being “better people” (more kind, generous, etc) than himself. So why am I talking about wishful thinking here now, and how does this relate to hockey? I am writing this to discuss the current injury / recovery situation of Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Yes, I realize that the injury situation of an NHL player is extremely trivial in comparison to what Frankl experienced in the Holocaust and in no way am I saying that their challenges are similar or equal but what I am trying to ask you out there is whether this guy is simply a person with a vision to improve his condition or is he the addicted gambler who is letting the last of his money ride on a single lottery ticket.
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